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October

30 Haunted Trail: “Panic at the Pond” will be taking place at the VFW pond on Main St., in West Townsend from 7-9 p.m. Rain date is Oct. 31. Admission is $6 or $5 with a canned good donation for TEO. Proceeds to benefit the Friends of the Townsend Library and VFW-Townsend. Cherry Hill Too will be providing a free kiddie cone certificate to the first 200 children. Strobes will be in use. Good walking shoes, a must!

Groton Community Dinner: Held at First Parish Church, intersection of Routes 40/119, in Groton, dinner is served continuously from 5:45-7 p.m. Join us for live music, delicious food, and good company. October’s menu includes rolls and salad, baked beef stew or hearty vegetable and white bean stew, and apple crisp for dessert. Reservations are not necessary. For more information, visit www.grotoncommunitydinners.org or call 978-448-3035.

31 Yard sale: Parker Charter School, 49 Antietam St., Devens, will be holding its 8th Annual Community Yard Sale on Saturday, Oct. 31, from 8 a.m. to noon (no early birds, please). The yard sale is held in the gym, rain or shine, featuring items donated by the school community for sale at prices mostly $1.

Trick-or-treat: The Groton Historical Society will have two costumed “residents” at the Boutwell House, to receive trick-or-treaters on Halloween, Oct. 31, 6-8 p.m. So all you goblins, ghosts, super heroes, princesses and other scary and not-so-scary trick-or-treaters stop by for a treat. Thanks to the volunteers that make this happen.

Annual Children’s Costume Parade: 6 p.m., held in the Shirley Village. The parade will begin in front of St. Anthony’s Church on Phoenix Street, go west on Front Street, and conclude at the War Memorial Building on Church Street. There, the Shirley American Legion will hold its annual costume competition. Many families trick-or-treat along Chapel Street an in the nearby streets. If you would like to donate treats to folks who “host” these many trick-or-treaters, donations cane be dropped of at the Lura White School (give to Tracy Sargent at the Main Office) or at the town offices (give to Amy McDougall,Town Clerk). The police department has set trick-or-treating hours, in general throughout town, as 6-8 p.m. If you have any questions, contact Amy McDougall, Town Clerk, at amcdougall@shirley-ma.gov or 978-425-2600, ext. 1.

Halloween parade: The 12th annual Devens Halloween parade is at 5 p.m. at the intersection of Sherman Avenue and Elm Road, with trick-or-treating immediately following. Houses that are participating should leave on porch lights.

Boy Scout Troop 13 Haunted House Monster Mash: 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Pepperell Community Center. There will be a spooky/kid- friendly maze downstairs, music and games upstairs, and prizes given out at the top of each hour for best costume. Price is $2 for kids and $3 for adults.

November

1 Guided Hike in Groton: Sunday, Nov. 1, at 1 p.m. sharp. Join members of the Groton Trails Committee on a guided hike on the Indian Rock Trail and the Boulders Trail of the Gamlin Crystal Spring Conservation Area in Groton. This beautiful conservation area, owned by the Groton Conservation Trust, is accessed via skillfully routed trails and features dense woods, rocky outcrops, scenic overviews, a porcupine den, beaver ponds, huge boulders, and an old “lost” quarry. The hike will take about 2 hours and is suitable for families with children. Wear comfortable hiking shoes as there are some short rocky sections. The hike will be held unless it is very stormy. We will meet at the trail head on Old Dunstable Road in Groton. Take Lowell Road (Rte. 40) to Old Dunstable Road. Proceed north on Old Dunstable Road, passing the intersection with Bridge Street after 1.25 miles, then continuing on Old Dunstable Road for another 0.25 miles. The trail head and parking are on your left, just past the sign for the Gamlin Conservation Area.

Breakfast: The Ayer Masonic Association will hold its monthly fund raising breakfast at the Ayer Masonic Center 11 Sculley Road, Ayer. Breakfast will be served from 7:30 to 10 a.m. Menu includes eggs cooked to order or pancakes with bacon, sausage, or hash and potatoes, toast, juice and coffee. In addition to the usual menu as outlined above, specials for this month are Eggs Benedict and a Greek Omelet ( spinach,mushrooms,tomatoes and Feta cheese). Come early and bring your friends. Be sure to set you clocks back Saturday before you go to bed or you will get to the breakfast before the cooks do in Sunday.

Harvest Party: 3:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Free Harvest Party at the Pepperell Community Center sponsored by Pepperell Christian Fellowship

2 Textile recycling: The Townsend Recycling Committee Annual Textile Competition, the week of Nov. 2 to 6 at the North Middlesex Elementary schools and Saturday, Nov 7 at North Middlesex Regional High School. Drop off your Good, Bad and Ugly Textiles. Remember No wet. But we love stuffed animals, pillows and boots. They will be reused or recovered for recycling.

5 An Iliad: Richardson-Mees Performing Arts Center, Lawrence Academy, Groton on Nov. 5, 6:30 p.m., Nov. 6 and 7, 7:30 p.m. An Iliad, by Denis O’Hare and Lisa Peterson, is a play originally written for a solo performer. The single character is a poet who has told the story of the Trojan War for thousands of years and now tells it to us, a modern audience, while asking us to look at our own collective addiction to rage and violence. In Lawrence Academy’s production of the play, the epic tale is tackled by an ensemble of 11 student actors. The public is invited to enjoy this production. Admission is free and the facility is handicap accessible.

Feasting from Literature: Friends of the Lawrence Library present “Feasting from Literature” at 6:30 p.m. in the Pepperell Library Gallery, as part of the organization’s “50 Years of Friendship” celebration. Join The Creative Feast’s Liz Barbour for a delicious exploration of her favorite recipes discovered hidden in novels she has read. Following Liz’s discussion will be a cooking demonstration and sampling of two recipes. Add in Liz’s easy cooking techniques and you are on your way to creating great meals you can prepare at home. All participants sample and take home recipes. Register at: lawrencelibrary.org. and click on “Event Calendar” and November 2015.

Talent at the Town Hall: Celebrating over 100 years of music and dance, 7 p.m. at the Harvard Historical Society, 215 Still River Rd, Harvard. From the Inaugural Ball in May 1872 through The Harvard Players in the late 1970s the Town Hall has often been the center of Harvard’s social life. Come join us at The Harvard Historical Society as we look back at over 100 years of music and dance. Suggested donation of $5 to benefit the Organ Restoration Fund.

7 Contra Dance: Groton Grange #7 invites you to a traditional New England Contra Dance from 7:30-10 p.m. at Historic Groton Grange Hall, 80 Champney St. This will be an evening of live music and dancing with Groton’s own Contra Banditos along with caller Dudley Laufman, who will teach traditional New England-style contra, square, and line dances to the beat of old time fiddle tunes. Beginners are welcome, no experience or partner is necessary. Donation at the door is $5 per person, children under 3 years old are free, and family maximum is $20. Refreshments are provided.

Holiday Fair: The Friends of Hazen Library will hold their 12th Annual Holiday Fair from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Holiday Fair is a great chance to purchase artisan wares, home essentials, and unique gift items. From crafts that are knit or sewn to jewelry and hand creams, there are choices to fit everyone’s budget. The most popular table at the Holiday Fair is the cookie table where shoppers can choose from dozens of recipes and fill their tins. At lunch time, chili and several varieties of soup will be available for purchase in the meeting room. There will also be an opportunity to purchase raffle tickets for a gift basket. Hazen Memorial Library is located at 3 Keady Way, Shirley. For more information, contact the library at 978-425-2620.

Pepperell Fire Department annual open house: 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Please stop by at the Jersey Street Station. This event promises fun and safety for people of all ages!

Open House: Fort Devens Museum Veterans Day Open House 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Guest speakers. 26th Yankee Division re-enactors. New exhibits. Raffles & Refreshments. 94 Jackson Road, 3rd floor, Devens. For information call 978-772-1286 or email info@fortdevensmuseum.org.

Open Mic Night: Musicians, singers, poets — join MC Sophia at 7 p.m. for the last Open Mic of 2015, and check out the great acoustics in the beautiful Art Gallery at the Lawrence Library in Pepperell. All ages/all instruments welcome. We have a cajón to play, in addition to the grand piano! Free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be available; sponsored the Friends of the Library. Coffee provided by Starbucks Coffee, Nashua, NH. For more information, go to www.lawrencelibrary.org or call 978-433-0330. The Library is located at 15 Main Street, in Pepperell.

8 Hope Community Chorus fall concert: 4 p.m. Meeting Hall, 12 Dudley Road, Townsend. $2.50. Hope Community Chorus director Alice Struthers has a fun program lined up for the Community Chorus fall concert “Roundup!” featuring cowboy, campfire and folk songs. Cookies and cider will be served. The Hope Community Chorus is supported by the Friends of the Townsend Seniors and the Council on Aging. Proceeds benefit the chorus music program.

12 Group yoga: All veterans are free at Dragonfly Wellness Center, 176 Jackson Road, Devens, 5:45 to 7 p.m. Calm your mind, stretch your body and invigorate your spirit. Call 978-227-8297 to save your place. #yogaanita @hlthwiz www.yogaanita.com

Nashua River Watershed Association annual meeting: 7 p.m. to 9:15 p.m. Speaker Robert Zimmerman Jr., from the Charles River Watershed Association. Devens Common Center, 31 Andrews Parkway, Devens. $20. 978-448-0299.

13 Shrek Jr.: Don’t miss Shrek the Musical, Jr. on Nov. 13 at 7 p.m. and Nov. 14, at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. at the Groton Dunstable Performing Arts Center. Bring the kids and grandkids to see Shrek, Donkey and all of the characters they love from the film and the Broadway version of this heartwarming story, which received eight Tony Awards. Over sixty students from Groton Dunstable Middle School are taking part. Tickets, which can be purchased at the door, are $10 for adults and $7 for students and seniors. The Performing Arts Center is located in the Middle School South Building at 344 Main Street, Groton. In case of a snow cancellation, an extra performance will be added on Sunday, November 15 at 2 pm. The show is a production of Groton Dunstable Community Education.

Thanksgiving Meat Raffle: 7 to 10 p.m. Ham, turkeys, pork loins, prime ribs and many prizes and gift certificates from local sponsors. Ayer Gun & Sportsmen’s Club, 255 Snakehill Rd Ayer.

14 Shirley church history: The public is invited to learn about the evolution of the churches and their music at the Shirley Historical Society Annual meeting at 6 p.m. with a potluck supper in the Trinity Chapel Parish Hall at 188 Center Road. The supper will be followed by a brief business meeting and then a program of historic architecture and music that you can watch, listen to, or sing-a-long with. The whole evening is free except for your potluck contribution. For more information, phone 978-425-9328 or email mail@shirleyhistory.org.

Chili supper: Pepperell United Methodist Church, 4:30 to 6 p.m. Variety of chilis: chicken, beef and pork, all mild — you can spice it up with plenty of hot sauce. Also available are corn bread, mac and cheese, salad and dessert, coffee, tea and cold drinks.

Christmas Fair: United Church of Shirley, 4 Lancaster Rd, Shirley, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Lots of fabulous stalls with lovely gifts to get a head start on your Christmas shopping.

Pairing Tea With Chocolate: Tea Specialist, Danielle Beaudette, from The Cozy Tea Cart in Brookline,N.H., will be presenting a third in a series of tea lectures, "Pairing Tea With Chocolate” noon to 2 p.m., at the Townsend United Methodist Church. Luncheon will include delicious tea sandwiches, savories, and desserts. Guests will be able to taste several teas throughout the luncheon and lecture. Ticket prices are Adults $20 and Seniors $18. Reservations can be made by calling 978 -597-2486. Join us for a great lecture, tea and luncheon – wear your fascinators and enjoy this tea with us!

15 Concert: The Virginia Thurston Healing Garden announces the next “Concert at the Garden” at 3 p.m. Harmonie Transverse, an extensive flute choir, returns to the Garden to perform a variety of musical compositions. This ensemble was formed in 2002 by flutists who perform with the New England Conservatory’s Metropolitan Flute Orchestra. These musicians play a wide range of flutes providing a six octave range under the direction of Jay Kast-Tuttle. The Healing Garden, a non-profit organization, is located at 145 Bolton Road in Harvard and offers support, educational and therapeutic services to those affected by cancer. Admission is $10 for Garden members, $15 for non-members. All proceeds benefit the services of the Healing Garden. Visit www.healinggarden.net for event updates or cancellations.

21 Holiday Fair: The Townsend United Methodist Church will host their annual Holiday Fair, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The fair will include baked goods, cookie walk, crafts & gifts, silent auction and Santa’s Attic, with good used items. Lunch will be available throughout the day with beef stew, corn chowder, hot dogs and desserts being served. Try a piece of delicious apple pie made by our Youth Group! Frozen apple pies are also available to purchase, with proceeds going to TEO. The historic "Meetinghouse Church" is located at 265 Main Street in Townsend Center, at the junction of 13 and 119. Call 978-597-2486 for more information.

Brad Bosse in Concert: 7 p.m. at the Lawrence Library. Born and raised in Milford, NH, Brad Bosse always had an interest in music — from hard rock, progressive/alternative rock, and jam bands, to country and Americana. With his rhythmic melodies, new age vocals, and humor, Brad is guaranteed to entertain. Free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be available; sponsored the Friends of the Library. Coffee provided by Starbucks Coffee, Nashua, NH. For more information, go to www.lawrencelibrary.org or call 978-433-0330. The Library is located at 15 Main Street, in Pepperell.

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